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As the result of a number of requests from researchers and to mark the unveiling of the Arromanches monument to Allan Beckett on the 65th Anniversary of D Day, various items from the Beckett Rankine archives are made available here for private research and educational purposes. The material is copyright and is not to be used for any commercial use without prior written consent from Beckett Rankine Ltd. 

 

 

 

1) Development of the Kite Anchor for Mulberry Harbour – Lecture Notes
By Allan Harry Beckett:

The notes below were prepared by Allan Beckett for use in a presentation of his design for the Kite anchor. The note explains the design process whereby he developed the exceptional holding power of the Kite anchor.

thumb_cimg0699.jpg"To moor the Whale bridges and keep them straight in any weather required a mooring to each pontoon capable of withstanding a pull of 20 tons. To give a reasonable margin of safety some form of anchor with a holding power of 30 tons was necessary. To lay these anchors quickly over the beaches dictated that they should be light weight and fairly easily handled in small craft capable of operating in..

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2) Allan Beckett, the Kite Anchor and Mulberry Harbour (PDF, 0.5MB)

thumb_mulberry_leaflet.jpgThis information leaflet was produced by Beckett Rankine for the 6th June 2009  when the monument to Allan Beckett in Arromanches-les-Bains, Normandy was unveiled. The leaflet is in both English and French. 

 

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thumb_mul01.jpg3) Some Aspects of the Design of Flexible Bridging, Including 'Whale' Floating Roadways". (PDF, 1.6MB)

A paper by Allan Beckett forming part of a series called "The Engineer at War".  Originally published by the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1948.

 

 

 

 

 

4) Whale Piers for Mulberry Design & Fabrication. (PDF, 6.7MB)

A paper by A Lamond and R G Braithwaite on the fabrication of the Whale roadway spans. This paper was originally published as an article in the August 1945 edition of 'Welding' magazine.

 

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5) A harbour called Mulberry. (PDF, 6MB)thumb_mul02.jpg

A personal story by Sir Bruce White KBE (Gordon Rankine's grandfather) written in 1980, 22 pages. 

 

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6) The NCE 50th anniversary Mulberry Harbour special issuethumb_mul03.jpg

This excellent booklet is now available from the NCE's website here (Part 1) and here (Part 2) .  The referring page is here. The booklet features an interview with Allan Beckett on page 6.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7) Allan Beckett's record of wartime service. (PDF, 2MB)thumb_allan_war_serv.jpg

Written in 1991 this document includes Allan's first hand recollections of the design and construction of Mulberry Harbour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8) A Mulberry Harbour CDROM is available from:

www.mulberryharbour.com

This CD contains a wealth of information on the engineering aspects of the Mulberry Harbours and includes CAD annimations of the principal equipment together with contemporary video clips and technical drawings. The CD was produced with Beckett Rankine's assistance for the 60th anniversary of D Day. 

  

 

 

9) The Mulberry Harbours. (PDF, 12MB)

Written by Brigadier Sir Bruce White just after the war this paper contains his overview of the Mulberry Harbour project.

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10) Mulberry Harbour Codewords. (JPG, 36MB)

Are you confused about the codewords used for the Mulberry Harbours? If so you are not alone; this explanatory diagram was prepared in 1946 by the drawing office of the War Office's Tn5 department which was responsible for preparing many of the Mulberry Harbour design drawings.